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  1. Nope. Downtown 'Peg'
    No complaints. It's been the mildest and driest year on record.
    This 48 hr cold spell is over now. We get a few of these every winter. Maybe
    7-14 days in total. About the same for really hot, humid days in summer.
    Most hours of sunshine, as many freshwater lakes and rivers as people, and the prettiest girls
    in Canada. Also no states of emergency, ever.

    Brrr, Winnipeg. Makes sense now. Congrats on the Cup win.

    I’m in Ottawa. All the hot air from Parliament Hill keeps it a bit warmer in the valley. Although it is-24 C with the wind chill right now.

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  2. 25 minutes ago, BigStewMan said:

    I'm honored.  oh yeah, Molson Canadian is my beer of choice. and the maple cookie is my favorite.  I wonder if I was born in Canada and my parents just told me California? 

    I was thinking the same thing. You weren’t born on May 2-4 were you? 


    Canadian is a solid beer. My go-to since I was a kid.


    I’ve been to California many times. Love the northern part of the state. Beautiful. 

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  3. 1 minute ago, BigStewMan said:

    I'm also a huge curling fan!  SCTV and curling for a guy that grew up in Los Angeles ... not bad, eh?


    You’re doing great, eh! I hearby crown you an honorary hoser! 


    Every Canadian has the right to bestow the honor of hoserism upon foreigners. It’s like a knighting ceremony but with more beer. 

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  4. So, I downloaded a test tone generator on my iPad to see if the specs that my speakers are supposedly able to play were even close to accurate. The spec sheet says that they can play down to 20hz which I think is very  optimistic. I went through the frequency range with the tone generator and I can clearly hear sound from the woofers at 20-21hz. I am not going to buy additional equipment to verify this. Just wondering if anyone with more knowledge has an opinion on whether or not the test is even remotely accurate. 

  5. Thanks for the responses guys. 


    I was listening at about 85 db avg with peaks to 93. The volume dial is at about 12 o'clock. I guess I expected that level of volume lower on the dial. I guess it doesn't really matter where the knob is. The Marantz at the same level is harsher sounding. I guess that is what the extra power gives you. No necessarily louder as you don't listen louder given the extra power but a cleaner sound at the same SPL. 


    I checked the hook-ups again and they are correct. The inputs all act the same and the tone controls are defeated. 


    When I said louder at low volumes I should have said louder at lower volume setting (dial). If that makes sense. 


    I think you nailed it. I was expecting to be blown away with this huge sound as soon as I turned it up a bit and that wasn't the case. I am going to see if warms up to me. It is just odd to me that I am only getting an spl of about 85-90 db with a 225 wpc amp at 50% of its volume potential. I was expecting a lot more volume at that dial position. Having said that it is a much clearer sound at that level and probably has a lot more to give versus the Marantz that basically stalls out at that volume level.   

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  6. Hello, 


    I recent picked up a "new to me" Anthem 225I integrated amp (225 w\ch). It is in pristine condition. Th guy that I bought it from takes excellent care of his equipment so I have no doubt that it has not been abused. He upgraded to the STR so he offered the 225 to me for a song. He bought it in Nov 2016. 


    I swapped out my Marantz PM6006 (45 w\ch) last night. I was very excited to hear how this beast would drive my Avid 330's (88 db). I was very disappointed. It sounded flat, dead, lifeless, just bad. My Marantz kills it. I checked all of the connections multiple times and everything is connected properly. I was expecting that I would not have to increase the volume past 9 or 10 o'clock to max out the room. Quite the opposite. It doesn't sound good until at least 11 or 12 o'clock on the dial. I decided to sleep on it. This morning I hooked up a line-in and listed to some different music and it sounded decent. Still not as "alive" as the Marantz. 


    I don't have enough experience with different amps to know how drastically different they can sound. Do you think that there is an issue with the amp or am I just hearing a different sound signature? The Marantz is a bit underpowered for 88 db speakers so was I hearing distortion and thinking it was a more robust sound? I do find that the Anthem is less fatiguing with high frequencies. It can also keep getting louder where the Marantz stalled out at about 1 o'clock on the dial.


    I guess I was expecting the higher powered amp to be significantly louder at lower volume but that may be an inaccurate assumption. The hogher power does play bass and dynamic range better.  Just not what I was expecting. Any insight would be appreciated. 

  7. Dialing in my new SVS SB-1000 subwoofer. Used for 2 channel music only. Perfect size for my relatively small listening room. Trying to get just enough bass to round out the bottom end. Anymore would be overkill for my setup.

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  8. It’s in a cool neighbourhood. Lots of pubs and restaurants to check out for lunch. A bit hipster-ish but that’s Ottawa. I moved from Toronto 5 years ago. Born and raised in Sudbury.

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